The 2020 workshop has been canceled due to low enrollment. Please register early for 2021. Registration is now open!
Last week of June, same schedule: Thurday through Sunday!
June 24th - June 27th, 2021
WHEN: Thursday June 25th - Sunday June 28th, 2020
WHERE: West Pearland Venue to be announced
WHO: Intermediate to Advanced Level Musicians (JH, HS, College, Adult). (Beginner level ensembles may be available if enough interest). Woodwinds, Brass, Strings.
The Chamber Music Workshop is a three to four day intensive performing workshop focusing on an in depth understanding of the compositions performed, and the unique characteristics of performing in small ensembles. Confidence, intonation, balance, timbre, technique, and blending and balancing unique instrumental timbres, are just a few of the skills which will be enhanced through this workshop. This is an opportunity to learn from great practicing musicians. Workshop faculty are highly skilled, educated, accomplished and experienced chamber, orchestral, and solo musicians.
Thur/Fri/Sat: 11am-3pm; Sunday concert 2:00pm, followed by potluck reception.
Faculty: shannon L. Small and Becky Merritt
See registration form below
Registration Deadline: June 7th
Workshop fee: $80.
* Limited need based Work Grants available (workshop assistants
* Transportation available within service area.
For more information please contact: Shannon L. Small, 713-385-5774, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsors: Leigh Enterprises, Music & Arts
Shannon has been featured as a soloist, and in the flute and woodwind sections with various orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera orchestras, musical theatre, and festivals within the United States, Italy, and Mexico. She is the founder and executive director of the Pearland Chamber Orchestra, and is presently principal Flute and Oboe with The Da Capo Chamber Ensembles, and Pearland Chamber Orchestra, She is a substitute flutist with the Monterrey Symphony, and the Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Opera in the Heights. and has performed with numerous orchestras across the country. She is also an active free-lance musician and clinician throughout the United States, and previously Italy and Mexico.
Shannon is an Distance learning Applied Instructor with William Jessup University and has been on faculty with Brazosport College, Lee College, Houston Community College, and Rochester College. She also has an active private studio, has served as President of the South Central Chapter of the College Music Society and the Houston Flute Club, and served on the National CMS membership committee. She is active with prominent woodwind associations, and has contributed to communities through outreach and enrichment programs.
She received her Masters of Music in Performance from the University of Minnesota. She studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and received her B.A. in Performance and B.S. in Music-Business from Winona State University. Shannon has received grants for her work from the Minnesota State Arts Board, American Federation of Musicians, Rome Festival Orchestra, and the Winona Music Guild, and was the 1997 recipient of the Vivian Menees Nelson Music Award. In 2019 was awarded a Pearland Certificate of Achievement for her work for the community by forming the Pearland Chamber Orchestra.
Trombonist, arranger, teacher, and performer, Joel splits his time between Orlando, FL and Houston, TX. He has held the Second Trombone position of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra for 9 years, performing with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Andrea Boccelli, Arturo Sandoval, and John Williams. He is also the Principal Trombone of the Pearland Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed around the U.S. with the Woodlands Symphony Orchestra, the Sarasota Opera, the New World Symphony, and the National Repertory Orchestra.
In addition to his experience with large orchestra, Joel is an accomplished chamber musician. For over a decade, he has performed with the Texas Brass Ensemble throughout the Greater Houston Area. He has been performing in brass quintets, trombone ensembles, jazz ensembles, and chamber orchestras across the U.S. for nearly twenty years. In addition, he has been is an avid arranger of music for brass ensembles. His arrangements, spanning a variety of genres, have been performed hundreds of times, including multiple international performances.
Joel received his Master of Music from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, studying with David Waters. He also received a Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from the University of Florida, studying with Arthur Jennings. In addition to his musical ventures, Joel works as a software engineer for OakTree Software, Inc.